Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council Selects Charleston, Sc As Host City For 35th Annual Business Opportunity Conference, July 30 – Aug. 1

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – More than 500 minority business owners, corporate executives and procurement professionals from the world’s largest purchasing organizations will convene in Charleston, South Carolina July 30-Aug. 1 at the 35th annual 2012 Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council (CMSDC) Business Opportunity Conference (BOC). The three-day event will be held at the Embassy Suites-Convention Center and includes a welcome reception, golf tournament, workshops, seminars, a business opportunity trade show and awards gala.

The theme for this year’s BOC is “SHIFT: Leveraging the Collective.” Workshops, seminars and panelists will address ways for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and CMSDC corporate members to leverage collaborative partnerships or joint ventures to advance contract opportunities and supplier diversity initiatives. The July 30 golf tournament will take place on two courses at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, home of the 2012 PGA Championship. CMSDC will host a Captain’s Choice tournament at the world renowned resort. An invitation-only CEO Breakfast on July 31 will feature top executives from all industry sectors throughout North and South Carolina. Presidents of local Chambers of Commerce, corporations and minority businesses also will attend to discuss how to strengthen and leverage business opportunities between the public, private, government and non-profit sectors.

Evette Beckett-Tuggle, CMSDC president and CEO said, “Corporate CMSDC members and minority business owners have a unique platform to leverage access and opportunity through the Business Opportunity Conference. As we SHIFT into high gear and excel to the next level of effective, results-oriented initiatives in supplier diversity, we anticipate success at every level. Not only will business owners and corporate representatives encounter new business opportunities, but also gain new business insights from our high-energy and inspiring speakers.”

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